A Columbus man was being arrested on outstanding warrants late Monday when he was allegedly found with heroin laced with fentanyl, according to testimony Thursday in Columbus Recorder’s Court.
Christopher Jeremy Reed, 37, pleaded not guilty to one count each of trafficking meth, possession of heroin and possession of drug-related objects. He was booked into the Muscogee County Jail after being denied bond on two charges.
Judge Julius Hunter bound the case over to Superior Court.
Members of the Metro Narcotics Drug Task Force went to a residence at 4245 Greenridge Drive around 10:15 p.m. Monday to arrest Reed on outstanding warrants from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. The charges stem from the accusation that he was in possession of 55 grams of meth (street value of $5,500) and .5 grams of heroin with traces of fentanyl (street value of $150).
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Agent Ivan Rome said they found Reed at the location about 10 minutes after they arrived to the area and took him into custody. He was allegedly in possession of the drugs and a scale at the time.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation issued an alert in early May concerning synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. Distributed in a powder or tablet form, the drug is a schedule I drug used in the same manner as heroin.
The drug was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a pain reliever and anesthetic. Fentanyl is 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.